On July 22, BBBO banded its 200,000th bird – a gorgeous Cedar Waxwing!

A second-year male Cedar Waxwing becomes BBBO's 200,000th bird.

A second-year male Cedar Waxwing becomes BBBO’s 200,000th bird.

The BBBO staff were under a strict admonition to make certain the record-breaking bird was a good one, and we spent the morning trying to decide if we should rig the results by selectively choosing the order in which we banded birds to ensure that the 200,000th bird was the best of the bunch.  Ultimately, we decided to play it straight and ended up with a bird that is both beautiful and is representative of the birds we band in the summer.  He is a perfect bird to hold this title!